Even after that big win last Monday over Westhill, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team could not relax, having to face Bishop Grimes last Thursday night – and sure enough, the Gaelic Knights had enough of a letdown to take a tough 46-44 defeat to the Cobras.
It took more than four minutes for Ludden to earn a field goal. Grimes had its own issues, but with back-to-back 3-pointers from Katrina Fandrich and Jordan Vaught, the Cobras grabbed a 17-9 lead early in the second quarter.
Ludden countered with a 10-0 run, but Grimes absorbed it and, by the third quarter, had reclaimed a 29-22 lead. Making things worse for the Gaelic Knights, Danielle Rauch picked up her fourth foul and went to the bench.
Despite this, Ludden battled back again, relying on its defense to frustrate Grimes and hold them without a field goal for more than four minutes in the fourth quarter. With a banked-in 3-pointer from Rauch and a free throw from Nicole Granteed, the Gaelic Knights moved ahead 39-38.
Now they traded big plays - Katy McInerney hitting a 3-pointer for Grimes for a 41-39 lead, Granteed converting a three-point play seconds later to put her side back up 42-41, and Marissa Hartley answering with her own three-point play with 1:27 left. This left it 44-42 in the Cobras' favor.
And then it got crazy.
After a Granteed free throw with 47 seconds left cut the margin to 44-43, Grimes was unable to add to its slim lead and, with 13 seconds left, Rauch was fouled. But she missed both foul shots.
Immediately fouled with 10.2 second to play, Vaught made her first free throw but missed the second. Again, Grimes fouled Vaught, who made her first foul attempt - but missed the second.
Now it was Vaught's turn to go back to the line, with 5.4 seconds to play. Like Rauch, she only made one of the foul shots, taking the margin back to two, and off the miss, Granteed took the ball and, while driving to the basket, drew a foul with 2.1 seconds left.